Critical Path Network: Hospital web sites gain in popularity

The likelihood of a hospital having a web site grew from roughly six in 10 in 2000 to seven in 10 during 2001, according to the Chicago-based American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Survey of Hospitals.

Survey staffers compiled the numbers by requesting an Internet address in the survey and searching actively for a site at those hospitals that didn’t respond to the survey.

Hospitals in New England were most likely to have a web site (83% in 2001), while those in the Mountain states were least likely (54%). Urban hospitals were more likely to have web sites (75%) than rural hospitals (59%).

The complete results are in the 2002-2003 edition of the AHA Guide, which can be found at www.ahaguide.org.